Postdoctoral position in Energy and Sustainable Built Environment

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 29 Sep 2023

Welcome to Linnaeus University! We meet the societal challenges of today and tomorrow in a spirit of openness, curiosity and creativity. By creating arenas for exchange of knowledge from different subjects, fields and cultures, we open up for new ideas and create new opportunities for long-term sustainable societal development. Linnaeus University – where people grow.

The Faculty of Technology strives to ensure that Linnaeus University’s vision permeates all of its activities, focusing on the key words Attractive Knowledge Environment, Prominent Research, Social Driving Force, and Global Values. The Faculty of Technology has broad operations spanning nine different departments through which Linnaeus University provides instruction education and conducts research. The Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology provides instruction education and conducts research in energy processes, energy systems, energy use in Built environment and its impact on climate change to support our society’s transition to a sustainable development and a low carbon economy. The postdoc researcher will work within the research group Sustainable Built Environment Research (SBER) and contribute to Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Green Sustainable Development.

Subject area for the position: Energy and Sustainable Built Environment
Location until further notice: Växjö. Since Linnaeus University is located in both Växjö and Kalmar, travel between the two may be required.
Hours and term: Full-time for 2 years with possibility for 1-year extension.
Starting date: Starting date as agreed upon

Job description
Your work as a postdoc will primarily consist of research in Energy and Built Environment and Climate Change. You will be expected to participate actively in the department’s knowledge environment and networks, both internally and externally.

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Researcher to contribute to ongoing research projects focused on climate change adaptation and building energy and resource efficiency. The successful candidate will conduct research, analyse data, and collaborate with various stakeholders to develop strategies and recommendations for climate change mitigation and adaptation in the construction sector. The postdoc will get involve in assessing homeowners' and Supply side actors’ perception and readiness concerning climate change, analyzing the identify cost-effective strategies and business model for decarbonizing the heat market and deep renovation investment in an integrated systems approach for district heat companies and energy renovation companies detached houses.

Besides, the postdoc fellow will have opportunity to collaborate with PhD researchers from developing countries visiting Linnaeus University under the multidisciplinary Doctoral school in Sustainable energy engineering (SEED) research mobility programme. The Postdoc will also contribute in Erasmus+ project supporting local partners from Lesotho for developing online education on Sustainable Energy Engineering and their quality assurance framework, together with the local partners.

The postdoc fellow is expected to actively participate in the institution's environment and network, both internally and externally, develop new project ideas and apply for external funding. Some teaching and supervision within the undergraduate and advanced levels can be included in the tasks.

We offer a stimulating research environment with access to state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive research team. The Postdoctoral Researcher will have the opportunity to contribute to impactful research, collaborate with industry partners, and influence policy interventions for climate change adaptation.

Teaching and supervision, comprising no more than 20% of the total workload, may be included among your duties.

Anyone who has a doctorate in energy technology, or environmental engineering, or building technology, or a doctoral degree in the field of energy and sustainable built environment, or who has a degree from another country that is equivalent to a doctorate in the aforementioned subject areas, qualifies for the position.

In accordance with the postdoc agreement, applicants who were awarded their degree no more than three years prior to the last application date for the present position should be considered first.

An applicant must not previously have been employed as a postdoc for more than a year within the same or a related subject area at Linnaeus University.

Assessment criteria
The following criteria will be used to assess and select candidates: 

  • Demonstrated scientific competence in the aforementioned areas is a requirement for this position,
  • Research experience using both qualitative and quantitative methods in the fields of energy and climate change, as well as energy and resource efficiency in buildings.
  • Familiarity with spatial tools and data-driven approaches, such as machine learning, will be advantageous.
  • Experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or advanced levels within the subject area of but not limited to Life cycle Assessment; Energy sustainability and Energy management.
  • A proven record of accomplishment of publication accomplishments will be preferred.
  • Experience in applying for external project funds is desirable.
  • Applicants must demonstrate proficient written and verbal communication skills in English. Knowledge of Swedish language will be an advantage.

A postdoc is part of a research team; consequently, flexibility and an ability to cooperate and collaborate are given great importance.

When the university employs new teachers, the choice should fall on those applicants who, based on a qualitative holistic assessment of competence and skills, are considered most likely to successfully perform and develop relevant tasks and contribute to successful development of the organisation.

Associate Prof. Brijesh Mainali, ; +46470 708221
Head of Dept: Prof. Michael Strand,; +46 470 708981
HR partner: Jesper Pettersson,

Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

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